In the year 1664, Captain Thomas Rogers, commander of a ship called the Society, was bound on a voyage from London to Virginia. The vessel being sent light to Virginia, for a loading of tobacco, carried little freight in her outward hold.
“One day when they made an observation, the mates and officers brought their books and cast up their reckonings with the captain, to see how near they were to the coast of America.
They all agreed that they were a hundred leagues from the capes of Virginia. Upon these customary reckonings, heaving the lead, and finding no ground at a hundred fathoms, they set the watch, and the captain turned in.
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